Newsletter 28 – 3rd May 2013

Dear Parents

Holidays There is a bank holiday on this Monday 6th May.

Residential trips The children in Year 3 and Year 4 have spent two days and a night away from home at the residential centre of Oxenwood. They took part in a variety of activities including canoeing, hiking, fossil hunting, cycling and fencing. It was, as ever, a wonderful experience for the children. As well as the activities themselves, the children learnt more about becoming independent and working as a team – hugely important life skills.  

My very sincere thanks to Mrs Mehaffy who organised and accompanied this trip (as she has done for many years), to Mrs Garraway, Mrs Twentyman, Mrs Penny Trusler and Mrs Anna Trusler who supported and accompanied the trip, and our volunteer helpers, Mr Mehaffy and Mr Edwards who do such sterling work, as they do every spring, with this residential experience. 

Steam Museum The children in Stonehenge classroom had a wonderful day at the Steam Museum – and lots of great learning took place as well. My thanks to Mrs Abbott, the support staff and the parent volunteers who worked so hard to make sure this trip was such a success.

Links with the Community We are very fortunate to be part of a network that supports our school very effectively. Our many volunteer helpers support by running or helping with clubs or special interest themes in school, they offer reading and other support to small groups or individual children, they help with big Design and Technology projects and they help with school trips. We also have input from Dauntsey’s school (their sports coaches work with our older children every week). Lavington School provides a short maths challenge course for our most able mathematicians in Year 5 each year. The local churches and clergy are also great supporters of our school.  And we are delighted to support other organisations in our area, such as the Brownies, the local Preschool and the local football club.

Bluebell Wood and other beautiful things Our beautiful little woodland at the end of field is coming into flower. We have Snakes’ Head Fritillaries, Cowslips, Dandelions and lots of other little wildflowers. The Bluebells are almost in bloom as well. We have a little bird nesting box and a bumble bee home in the woods now, and the squirrel regularly makes his appearance. The children took some photos of the area recently, and included a robin in their shots. There are also wonderful flowers in the Reflection Area flower bed and around all the pots, beds and entrances to in the school. Our thanks to Lucy Bates and her green fingered gardeners who take care of the planting each year and enhance the environment of our school so beautifully.

Edington Church Fete If you have any cracked or chipped crockery (any condition) please consider donating it to the Edington Fete for their “Plate Smashing Stall”. Donations can be dropped at reception or call Tracy Miller on 07948 688717 for collection.

Plant Sale   The Annual Plant Sale will be held at Erlestoke Church from 2pm on Saturday 11th May. Refreshments, Raffle and lots of plants will be available. All contributions of plantlings/plants seeds etc gratefully received. All proceeds go towards Erlestoke Church.

Demographic of our school You might be interested to know where the population of our school comes from. Only 66 children (45%) come from within our designated area (the four villages of Great and Little Cheverell, Erlestoke and Coulston). If we only had these children, our school would be threatened with closure because it would be too small.  So we are very fortunate to have so many parents bringing their children to our school from outside the designated area. I have included a table in this newsletter which gives a little more detail about the spread of locations that our children come from.

Village Number of children at Holy Trinity Percentage of the school population
Great Cheverell 39 26%
Little Cheverell 3 2%
Erlestoke 22 15%
Coulston 2 1%
Potterne 17 12%
Bratton 13 9%
Edington 11 7%
Littleton Panell and West Lavington 11 7%
Market Lavington 10 6%
Devizes 6 4%
Steeple Ashton 4 3%
Worton and Marston 3 2%
Tilshead 3 2%
Other 4 3%

 

Children’s Movie Night… Come and enjoy food, film and fun with friends, Friday 17th May from 6-8pm in Erlestoke Church. All are welcome but children under five must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. A light supper and pudding will be provided; donations of £1 for food are gratefully accepted.

Holy Trinity Summer Fayre will be held on Friday 21 June 2013 (4.30pm until 7pm).  Full details will follow.

Textile Recycling – Please feel free to bring in your textiles/clothing on Monday 13th May (collection at the school gate).  The PFA will take them for recycling in Devizes and help generate funds for the PFA. Thanks

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

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